Editor’s note: A previous version of this article indicated the incorrect impact of a failed vote.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – A question on the ballot for this November’s election has big ramifications for people in Riley and Douglas counties.
The question asks whether students and military members should have the option to be counted as citizens where they live or be counted as residents of their former residence.
If the vote fails, K-State students will have the ability to choose to be counted as residents of their hometown rather than in Manhattan’s population. If the vote passes, it would mean all students and military members are counted as Kansas residents.
A Manhattan City Commissioner said there is one major reason why it will affect Manhattan more than most cities.
“We’re better off having a larger population because that way it effects when you apply for various things, programs, grants, stuff like that,” said Wynn Butler, Manhattan city commissioner.
According to Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, if the vote passes it will save the state $800,000 due to not having to re-adjust the census in Kansas.